Who’s summer makeup haul is this? It’s the question I asked myself once I started taking the photographs for this post. I’ve been putting these items through the paces, some for almost four months, with the earliest acquired item being the Guerlain lipstick and the latest, the lip pencil and blush from the Black Owned Brand, Vera Moore.
Named for the woman herself, Vera Moore’s decade long role in the NBC Soap Opera Another World was the catalyst for the birth of her brand. Her film and stage credits are long and esteemed plus the number of awards and scope of recognition she has received over the years for her role as a mentor, advocate and business owner is unparalleled.
Now to the goodies; although the Vera Moore items are new to my stash, my experience with the brand predates this blog. So it is with tremendous pleasure that I’m revisiting the brand with the lip pencil and blush.
Vera Moore’s lip liner in Pecan is chocolate brown with some reddish undertones, the type of lip liner so many people look for.
It made me think of the Estee Lauder Double Wear lip pencil I’ve used down to the knob although that one has far more red in it. Vera Moore’s lip liner is pretty versatile, goes on smoothly and lasts on the lips without flaking or fading.
I also couldn’t resist Vera Moore’s blush, specifically in Cinnamon. Orange blush always looks more intense in the pan but I promise you this one buffs into the skin and leaves a long-wearing, natural looking veil of colour.
It is a little powdery when you go to pick it up with a brush but otherwise, it’s an effective, wallet-friendly blush that I wish I’d gotten my hands on sooner.
Hourglass Veil Eye Primer
- Comes in a plastic, travel-friendly tube.
- Is oil and alcohol-free.
- Contains vitamins C and E.
On my drier eyelids I’ve found it easy to apply and non-drying. It keeps my eyeshadow in place and looking vibrant until removal.
But, I’d caution you to pay close attention to where you apply it and ensure it’s completely blended in before applying your eyeshadow.
Here’s an idea of what the Hourglass Veil Eye Primer looks like.
You can also tap on a very thin layer even if you don’t plan on wearing eyeshadow but keep it just above the lash line.
Tom Ford Cream Color For Eye in Sphinx had been on my radar for quite a while after reading a positive account of it.
Described as a golden pink, it’s vastly different from anything I currently have in terms of the colour and to an extent, the texture. But truthfully, maybe I received one that was close to expiration as I found it on sale but it’s a bit of a letdown.
In order for the colour to come through on my eyelids, I had to apply several layers. Added to that, the pigment is laden with sparkles and those sparkles like to move around. So I don’t consider this as a good product if finger application is your preferred way to apply eyeshadow.
But, Sphinx is good if you want to layer it over another eyeshadow that could use some jazzing up.
Guerlain Rouge G No. 62 was part of the Spring 2020 Cherry Blossom collection. This is one of the best lipsticks I’ve bought this year and in keeping with Guerlain’s superb lipstick formulations, this one is no different.
In a face brightening, pretty floral pink shade with cherry blossom embossing, this lipstick has a creamy texture that glides on easily. For such a hydrating lipstick, it also has a respectable ‘hold’ but needing to reapply is inevitable.
Rouge Hermes 21 Rose Epices is another gem from the brand’s new foray into colour cosmetics.
Rose Épicé has warm, terracotta leaning undertones. This is good if you’re looking for a balmy, everyday lip shade but be forewarned that a tiny bit may smudge off under your mask.
With plastic-free packaging, this is a lipstick collector’s ideal score. They’ve also finally since stocked refills which are retailing for 42USD at the time of this writing.
In the swatch below, you’ll see micro-shimmers but they’re almost undetectable. I like to refer to that moment when lipstick is first applied and when you really see the colour as the ‘bloom time’. It took me a few tries to realise this looks better on me with a little lip liner but although I was tempted to return it after the first try, it’s since become a keeper.
Bringing up the rear of my summer makeup haul is Dior Vernis in Star 777.
I seem to keep chasing this shade of red from different brands, maybe it’s the orange undertones. Not long ago, I reviewed a similar shade from Christian Louboutin in the shade Edgypopi.
But the formula of Dior’s Star 777 has been disappointing. At about the third day I started experiencing tip wear and not long after, straight chipping despite using a base coat and topcoat.
The bottle is the right mix of clean, sleek lines and very chic. While Dior describes the formula as a long-wearing gel shine, that wasn’t the experience I had.
What have your makeup experiences been like since quarantine and now de-quarantining, depending on where you are? And if you need summer manicure ideas, click through to the Summer 2020 Mani-Pedi Edit and I hope this helps.